Issues: Water

Protecting New York's Drinking Water

Public Officials Join Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water

August 10, 2010
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New York City Water Supply Protected! Natural Gas Hydrofrackers Will be Held Accountable!

NYS Senator Eric Adams joins his Majority Conference colleagues to pass hydrofracking moratorium legislation protecting New York’s watershed during a comprehensive study of the consequences of drilling in the Marcellus Shale

 NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “The New York State Senate placed public safety above special interests by passing a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. We are concerned about the possibility that our State’s water supply might become contaminated by the hazardous chemicals used in the procedure known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. The moratorium is designed to protect the health and economic well-being of millions of New Yorkers who draw their water from the affected area.

August 5, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATE MAJORITY CONFERENCE LEADER JOHN L. SAMPSON

“Access to safe drinking water affects families across regions and county lines and without regard to party lines. Much of the Southern Tier, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and New York City all draw their water from the area proposed to be explored from the Marcellus Shale. We don’t need to look any further than the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to recognize the importance of fully understanding the impact of drilling before breaking ground. Senator Thompson’s legislation is sound policy that will keep New York’s water supply safe for all families, and I hope members from both sides of the aisle can come together to ensure any action commences according to the highest standards of accountability.”

July 20, 2010
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SENATOR ADDABBO CALLS FOR A MORATORIUM ON HYDROFRACKING IN UPSTATE WATERSHED Wants Halt to Drilling that Affects NYC Drinking Water until EPA Impact Study Is Completed

Queens, NY, July 6, 2010 – To protect the drinking water for almost nine million New Yorkers, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is sponsoring a bill that calls for a moratorium on drilling for natural gas or “hydrofracking” in the upstate watershed.  Currently, the bill sits in the Environmental Conservation committees in both the Senate and the Assembly. It may come up for a vote in the Senate before the end of the current legislative session, scheduled to resume the week of July 12. 

July 6, 2010
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Public Hearing: Water Quality in Nassau County

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair:    Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing:    Water Quality in Nassau CountyPlace:    Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, New YorkTime:    10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact:    Kent Sopris (518) 455-2622Media Contact:    Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586

May 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Water Board Hearing

NYC WATER BOARD SCHEDULES SIX PUBLIC HEARINGS

ON PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2011 WATER RATE

May 18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Water Board Public Hearing

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/news/water_rate_public_hearings_2010.shtml

The New York City Water Board has scheduled six public hearings for the upcoming FY2011 water rate proposal: one evening hearing in each of the five boroughs and an additional afternoon hearing to take place in Manhattan.

May 4, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Sen. Foley is Joined by Community Leaders in an Effort to Increase Participation in 2010 Census

Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.  

April 1, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: PSC WRONG TO APPROVE AQUA RATE INCREASE

“As a State Senator representing many communities in the Aqua service area, and as an Aqua customer myself, I am appalled that the State’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a double digit Aqua rate increase which will result in higher water bills for Aqua customers.

January 20, 2010
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Testimony Of State Senator Daniel Squadron Regarding Natural Gas Drilling In The New York City Watershed

My name is Daniel Squadron and I represent the 25th Senate District in the New York State Senate. My district includes Greenpoint,Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights,Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus in Brooklyn, and the neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village in Manhattan.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify today.

December 27, 2009
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO URGES PSC TO REJECT REVISED AQUA RATE INCREASE PROPOSAL

Senator Fuschillo recently wrote to the State Public Service Commission urging them to reject Aqua-New York Water's revised rate increase proposal.

Double click the file below to view a copy of Senator Fuschillo's letter to the PSC. 

File: 
Aqua rate hike-joint proposal letter - FINAL.pdf

November 4, 2009
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON PROPOSED AQUA-NEW YORK WATER RATE INCREASE BEFORE OCTOBER 9TH

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) is reminding Aqua-New York Water customers that there’s still time to voice concerns about Aqua’s rate increase proposal to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC). The PSC’s public comment period closes on October 9th.

September 21, 2009
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO'S TESTIMONY TO PSC URGING REJECTION OF AQUA WATER RATE INCREASE

Good evening, my name is Chuck Fuschillo, and I am the State Senator representing the communities encompassing the Aqua service area in the New York State Senate. For the record, I reside in Merrick and am also an Aqua-New York Water customer. 

September 1, 2009
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Assistance Guide for Rural Water and Sewage Management

Guide to regional, state and federal financial and technical assistance for water and sewer infrastructure development and water quality management.

August 31, 2009
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